Research Fellow in Arctic Ecosystem Modelling

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly skilled individual to investigate the microbial foundations of the Arctic Ocean food-web. The recruited Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will work to identify and constrain the underlying mechanisms that cause the size structure of Arctic microbial communities to differ fundamentally from those of lower-latitude oceans.

The work will form a key component of the wider project ‘Understanding the links between pelagic microbial ecosystems and organic matter cycling in the changing Arctic’ (Micro-ARC) which itself forms part of the broader Changing Arctic Ocean programme co-funded by NERC and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Micro-ARC project will study the microbial components of the Arctic food web, focusing specifically on planktonic microorganisms that inhabit the water column. Ecological and biogeochemical data from the Fram Strait ‘Hausgaarten’ time-series, augmented by contemporaneous ship transects, will be combined with ecosystem models to determine how planktonic microbes regulate organic matter biogeochemical cycling and establish how these processes vary through the dramatic Arctic seasonal cycle. Also, using advanced computational modelling, we will use this information to predict how future climate change will impact the structure and functioning of the microbial components of the ecosystem.

You will have demonstrable skills in some field relating to ecosystem modelling, plankton ecology and/or biological oceanography. Knowledge or experience of size-based plankton ecosystem modelling and data assimilation would be advantageous. PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in oceanography and/or marine biology/biogeochemistry is also required for this role.

You will work at the University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Sciences, based within the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and join an active group studying the role of phytoplankton in the global oceans and their links to the cycles of carbon and nutrients in the Earth system.

This post is available for 18 months, beginning November 2019.

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For additional information or informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Dr Ben Ward.

You should submit your completed online application form at  If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 1149219HN  on all correspondence.

Deadline: 6 October 2019